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In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
Even though the big reveal is practically common knowledge, Soylent Green is still an interesting stroll through a remarkably well fleshed out dystopian future.
In Soylent Green the future is overcrowded and sticky. There is an oppressive heat director Fleischer manages to convey rather well. There is always a sense of being in a cramped space when we're with the protagonists, which is contrasted really well with simple pleasures that have become valuable commodities only available to the rich. The world building is one of the film's strongest assets, with the idea of the Exchange (a group of scholars tucked away like some living Wikipedia) being my favourite. The past is…
It's 2022, the world is overpopulated, food is scarce and the most popular food is soylent green. Soylent Green stars Charlton Heston as a cop investigating the murder of a top level Soylent executive. Movie is proof that you can make a top notch science fiction movie without the heavy use of computer aided special effects. Movie paints a future that my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. would appreciate.
There are lots of great scenes in this movie...the ones that stand out to me:
1. Edward G. Robinson's final scene in the movie and the final scene in his long movie career....he died 10 days after film wrapped.
2. Heston and Robinson eating a real meal for the first in…
The worst film of this project so far - and I really wasn't expecting it to be.
Of course, everyone knows the ending to this film. Even though it's not exactly one of the most watched films of all time, the originality of the twist behind it, certainly for its time, has allowed it to attain a fair amount of attention for that fact. But I think the fact that it is attained very little attention for anything else here is very telling.
It's half a silly sci-fi parable and half serious futuristic mystery and never do the two feel like they come together at all. It's filled with kitschy scenes that do feel fitting for the…
August 2016: Scavenger Hunt #17
TASK #16: A post-apocalyptic film!
Also known as People. A lot of the time, filmmakers often think that works of science fiction can be compelling if you add more action and effects in there. They think wrong. All you need is a strong script, good acting, and solid direction, and Soylent Green offers those in spades. Not only does this feature one of the late great Charlton Heston's best performances but also one of his surprisingly more restrained ones as well. Richard Fleischer's handling of the dark post-apocalyptic atmosphere is very deft and he keeps things moving at a good pace. A lot of the time, this film is very effective, and even downright creepy at points, and yet overall, it's oddly quite insightful. I knew about the classic twist before seeing this, so I never felt any surprise or impact, so it's best to see this gem by going in blind.
Charlton Heston rocking an ascot like its nobodies business.
Best/worst trailer ever cut. "What is the secret of Soylent Green?" Immediately cuts to people getting ground up into meat. Classic.
First hour is pretty much a basic detective thriller set in a world where the greenhouse gases literally turn the world green. Really crowded and ugly world. At times a little too bleak for its own good. Then it cuts to Charlton Heston talking/slapping women and it gets silly again. Yet another 70s dystopia that would probably be better as an HBO show (looking at you Logan's Run ).
Soylent Green is a far more serious, more interestingly made film then most give it credit. i feel like it's now well know ending revelation and the jokes and parodies that have gone along with it has over shadowed the actual merits of this very well made film. i kept thinking 2 things while watching it again last night :
1) i wish i could have seen this in theater in 1973 and have it all be a fresh experience.
2) Charlton Heston's seventies sci fi career reminds me recent Tom Cruise career as the master of the one shot serious sci fi film.
all in all, Soylent Green still stands up great today as slice of golden 1970s science fiction cinema.
It baffles me to no end that I didn't watch this when I was a teenager, given my long-standing love for '60s/'70s sci-fi, because I certainly would've relished it. But in my defense, even though I've seen only two of director Richard Fleischer's other movies, I've always had the impression that he was the hackiest of Hollywood hacks; the kind of director who made not particularly fun kitsch (Conan the Destroyer, Amityville 3D) and some otherwise turgid, big-budget films that have some kind of recognition, but aren't very well-liked (Tora! Tora! Tora!, Doctor Dolittle). I bring up those specific films without having seen any of them, though, so take that statement with a grain of salt, or better yet a…
A classic movie that personifies the western dystopian genre.
A brilliantly imagined future that is definitely a product of its time.
This movie is one of the movies what always seems to sit in the back of my mind to this day and the last time I saw it was around 2012.
Unfortuantely because its seeped into the popular culture I already knew the ending to this film, but nevertheless I enjoyed seeing the director's version of a distopian future. Rather ahead of its time predicting global warming leading to food shortages and over-population of cities. Some very original scenes (such as the images of people sleeping on stairs just to be inside during curfew, with the overpopulation of New York meaning they have no home to go to). Worrying sci-fi vision of a future that might be closer than I want to think!
I remember the late Phil Hartman ruining the twist at the end imitating Heston and screaming the twist but what the heck?! I had to see this for myself. Finally. It's the year 2022. Food is scarce, cities are overcrowded as hell and the sight of a beef steak makes you wanna weep. Heston is Thorn, a rugged detective investigating the death of a rich industrialist that didn't seem to put much of a struggle. The more Heston investigates the more obstacles are in his way. Edward G. Robinson's final film and probably has the most touching and impressive scene from the film. The film still has power, the final fight with Chuck Connors is brutal and the end still leaves you a little troubled.
I'm pretty lenient on forgiveness towards films being off when predicting the future, but I'm confident I could've told you that in fifty years, police would not be wearing football helmets for protection.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Charlton Heston stars as Frank Thorn who's a New York cop living in a world that is overpopulated and polluted, the people are starving due to shortages of resources until one day a magical product gets released.
That product ladies and gentlemen is "Soylent Green", with curiosity Frank goes on a journey that will rock him to his very core...
It truly blew me away with great acting, plot and cinematography. Charlton Heston never disappoints in any role and in this one he shines and makes this world so believable.
Another classic I'd somehow missed out on. It's only set 6 years in the future from now, but given the way things are going with the climate and overpopulation, it may not be too far off.
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.